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Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters

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Staff Writer | August 11, 2018
Romanian anti riot police clash with protesters throwing plastic bottles at them during a demonstration in front of the Romanian government headquarters in Bucharest to protest against the government.
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Europe   Many expat Romanians returned to take part
Some protesters in the capital Bucharest threw bottles and paving slabs, while police used tear gas, pepper spray and even a water cannon.

Around 100 protesters needed medical attention and 10 police were injured, emergency services said.

A group of protesters tried to break into the government building in Bucharest, but were held back by the police security cordon.

Others waved EU and Romanian flags, banged drums and chanted slogans.

The protesters demand the resignation of the government, objecting to the perceived efforts to weaken the judiciary by the governing Social Democrats (PSD), as well as low wages and entrenched corruption in the country.

Protests have been building against the PSD for months.

In July, President Klaus Iohannis approved the dismissal of anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, who had been leading investigations into local and national politicians for graft. President Iohannis had been under extensive pressure from the PSD government to agree to her removal.

Many expat Romanians also returned to take part.